DIY Origami Cornucopia


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I can always count on the same friends, family, and food being present. This is often the only time of the year when I get to see certain loved ones and consume the yummiest foods. Why oh why must we save all the apple and pumpkin goodies for such a short time? However, I do believe the traditional decor for Thanksgiving leaves a little (a lot?) to be desired.

We decided to mix things up and create an origami cornucopia, which is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while (with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to fill it, of course!). After the paper crane costume we created for Halloween a few weeks ago, we went a little crazy over origami, and this is the fruits (literally HA!) of our labor! I LOVE how it turned out. The origami can be a bit time consuming, but it’s the perfect activity to do while watching those wonderfully cheesy Hallmark Holiday films. 

Pumpkin leaf favors

Pumpkin FavorsI was put in charge of writing thank you notes to a bunch of people that contributed to a church activity earlier this month. I decided to forgo the traditional card and envelope in lieu of something more seasonal: these pumpkin leaf favors! Of course, a handwritten thank you is always lovely (I certainly have a thing for stationery), but when you couple it with a festive pumpkin, it takes a “thank you” to the next level! I love using seasonal items for projects–pumpkins are plentiful right now and have a warm, natural feel that’s perfect for fall. We couldn’t give them away without including a pun, so on each leaf, we wrote: “Thanks for carving out time!” Pretty clever, right?

Printable Friendsgiving Cards

If you’re spending Thanksgiving apart from friends or family this year, there are still ways to share the holiday with them! These printable Friendsgiving cards are perfect for those long-distance gatherings, and they will surely bring some joy to holidays spent apart!
 Since moving across the country, I have been especially grateful for good friends: old ones who stay in touch (and listen to me squeal about how cute east coast squirrels are and how no one here fully appreciates this fact) and new ones who adopt us into their lives and homes. Friends are truly the family you choose, and we’re so excited to get to celebrate this season with them!
To celebrate, I illustrated and designed an invitation, menu card, recipe, and leftovers label, that you can download and print yourself.


Design and photographed by Palolo or here   |  Co-hosted & Styled by Savannah

Download the Thanksgiving printables below! 

Thanksgiving Dress Inspiration

This Thanksgiving dress is so festive and has all the elements I love in a dress. Also, this dress could definitely be called the pumpkin pie dress. SEE IT??? Once you see it, there’s really no going back. We used a fabric that we found at our favorite local shop, Harmony in Provo. They sell the most lovely fabrics. This tip isn’t super helpful if you don’t live in Utah, but I’d email the owner Laura (see here) and talk to her about it. Perhaps if we put enough pressure on her, she’ll start shipping out some fabric for you.

The Thanksgiving dress details

I’ve already worn it to a few events and LOVE IT! I’ve been wanting a dress that focuses on stripes as diagonals, and Carli took this idea and ran with it. She created a fun side sleeve that mimics the diagonal in front and the kangaroo pouch. Of course, I love me some dresses without waistbands (much to my husband’s chagrin), so this dress is perfect. It’s great for Thanksgiving, but it’s also super versatile and can be worn in any season!

Holiday dress inspiration

If you know me, you know I absolutely love dresses. I even wrote about why I only wear dresses! They just make life so much easier, and there are dress styles out there for everyone. So why not have dresses for each holiday? If you’re looking for your own perfect Thanksgiving dress, try creating an autumnal Thanksgiving inspiration board to kick off your holiday dress brainstorm session.

If you’re creating your dress from scratch, check out these amazing fabrics online to create your one of a kind holiday dress! If sewing isn’t your thing, take a look at these puffy sleeve dresses for some inspiration– we love a puffy sleeve dress here at Lars! Whatever your style may be, a holiday dress may be one of the best ways (in my opinion) to get festive!

With that, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I’m so grateful to have you along on this creative journey of mine. Without you, there’s no blog, and for that, I’m super duper grateful.

Do you love this pumpkin pie dress as much as I do? Let’s share the dress love! Let me know about your dress inspiration and sewing projects!

3 Pie Crust Decorating Ideas

3 Pie Crust Decorating Ideas

These 3 pie crust decorating ideas will give that extra bit of flair to your holiday desserts, and they’re super easy to make! You don’t have to be a baker (or an artist) to ace these pie designs.

Use a stencil on your Pie

Get the message across with a stencil on your pie. This “Give Thanks and Eat Pie” does just that with powdered sugar. Perfect for extra sweetness too!

I love how simple yet impactful this one is. Ashley came up with the idea to apply a stencil to a pie…genius! This one is great for the Cricut or Silhouette machine. And it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving pie!

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil


  1. Simply download this file and cut it out on your machine or cut it out by hand. I used a piece of scrapbook paper to create the stencil.
  2. Set onto the pie. Not too firmly, it might take a layer of the pie off.
  3.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter.
  4.  Gently take the stencil with hands on either side so you pull it all off at the same time.


Give Thanks and Eat pie pie stencil
Cricut ready SVG pie stencil file.Matisse inspired pie crust idea.

Paint your pie crust with food coloring–The Matisse Pie

Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse’s cutouts at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn’t go to the Tate in London). I was inspired, so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course! Put those beautiful shapes to use!
Carli came up with this brilliant idea to paint the pie crust with food coloring. It went on so smoothly and bakes brilliantly.


  1.  Cover your pie with the dough to have a large surface to work with.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint on your design with food coloring. We didn’t water down at all but used pure food coloring. We looked at images from Matisses’ paper cut-outs.
  3. Bake it in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the crust (you should have already baked the pie filling).
Matisse inspired pie crust.
Voila! If you want to throw your own tortured artist 
party, try out this pie crust decoration to incorporate Matisse!
Dot pie crust.

The polka dot pie crust decoration

Victoria came up with this fun and easy idea of decorating your pie crust.


  1. Roll out your dough and use the back end of an icing tip to punch holes into the dough like a cookie cutter.
  2.  Apply the dots to the perimeter of the pie then coming into the center of the pie filling and bake for the last 15-20 minutes of the pie cooking time.


Pie crust idea.

How will you be making your pies for the holidays? Tell me in the comments!

Have some leftover slices of pie? Check out our printable boxes for Thanksgiving pies and summer pies

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

Thanksgiving Hat Tradition Plus DIY Tutorials

These thanksgiving hats were so much fun to create! Think of the possibilities with this! Well, we decided that everybody needs to adopt this tradition, so we came up with a few ideas of our own. Of course, they are meant to be ridiculous. Think of Aunt Edna sporting a candy cornucopia at the dinner table!
Above, we have the pumpkin pie hat and popcorn ball fascinator. Below, brown paper turkey hat.

Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this turkey hat.

Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this candy cornucopia fascinator.
Above, candy cornucopia. Below, the pinecone hat.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this pinecone crown.
See below for step by step tutorials.
Photography by Cassidy Tuttle
Crafting by Hillary Gallip, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Brittany Jepsen


Thanksgiving Hat: Pumpkin Pie Hat by Brittany Jepsen


  • Orange cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Beige cardstock
  • Silver mirror paper
  • Glue gun
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife


  1.  Cut a circle out of cardboard. I made mine 10″ in diameter.
  2. Cut out a smaller circle within that circle. This should fit the size of your head. I would start by making it a bit too small and make it larger if necessary.
  3. With your silver mirror paper, make the perimeter of the “pie tin”. My paper wasn’t large enough so I had to make 3 strips to go around the whole perimeter. I made mine 2 1/2″ tall.
  4. Glue the strips into place with your glue gun.
  5. With your beige paper, make strips of paper 3″ tall and accordion fold them about 1/2″ wide. This will serve as the crust of the pie. My paper wasn’t long enough so I had to do it in a few strips.
  6. Glue the crust into place by dabbing a bit of glue onto the accordion folds then onto the pie tin every so often. It’s a delicate process.
  7. Make the top of the pie with your orange piece of paper. Cut it into the shape of a circle slightly smaller than the perimeter of the pie and cut it down if necessary. Glue it into place by putting glue along the bottom so it sticks to the crust.
  8. Top it off with a dollop of whip cream. Create this by cutting out a circle in white and cutting it into a spiral. Stretch it out a bit so it has some height. Glue in place.
In the picture above I’m holding a single piece of pie. Check out how to create it on Studio DIY.

Thanksgiving Hat: Candy Cornucopia by Hillary Gallup


  • Waffle cones (I got a few from Cold Stone)
  • Candy in fruit shapes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun


  1. Bending the waffle cornucopia is very delicate, so that’s why I bought several in case I messed up.
  2. Dip the end of the cone into water for 8-10 seconds to soften the cone, then immediately stick the cone in the microwave for 10 more seconds.
  3. After you pull the cone out, you can manipulate the end how you want. I turned it up a bit to create that cornucopia shape.
  4. Prop up the end under a marker to support it, and let it dry for an hour.
  5. After gathering all the fruit candies I could find, I placed them onto the cone & superglued them in place.
  6. I attached the cornucopia to a headband-supported ribbon and wrapped it around my head.

Thanksgiving Hat: Turkey Hat by Ashley Isenhour


  • Brown paper grocery sack
  • 2 brown paper lunch bags
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • White paper
  • Colored paper scraps
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil


(We adapted this tutorial from One Charming Party)
  1.  Draw a large oval onto a piece of cardboard. Measure the circumference of your head, then draw a circle with the same circumference in the middle of the oval. Use an x-acto knife or box cutter to cut out the oval and the circle within the oval. This will be your “platter.” Paint the platter desired color and allow to dry.
  2. Lay the brown paper grocery sack flat. Cut the sack apart vertically into two sections. One section will be about 1/3 of the width of the bag and the other section will be about 2/3 of the original width.
  3. Discard the larger section. Cut a few inches off of the opened end of the smaller section of the bag. Use scissors to fringe the cut edge of the smaller section. Cuts should about 1″ deep and 3/4″ apart.
  4. Turn this section of the bag inside-out. Don’t turn the corners of the bag all the way, as this will give your “turkey” a rounded appearance. Fold the fringed edge of the bag under so that the fringed edge is hidden. Fold the two corners of the open end of the bag under and hot glue in place. You will be left with a paper dome that will be your turkey body.
  5. Hot glue the fringed, folded under edge of the turkey body around the edge of the circle cut out of the cardboard platter.
  6. Carefully turn both paper lunch bags inside-out. Again, leave the corners unturned to create the rounded end of your “drumsticks”. Flatten one paper bag. Use your fist to mold a concave, cupped shape on the closed end of the bag. Twist the open end tightly to make a drumstick shape. Repeat steps with other paper bag.
  7. Cut two 2″ strips of white paper. Cut fringe along the edge of the strips about 1″ deep. Use hot glue and wrap one of the strips around the twisted end of each drumstick. Tousle fringe with fingers to give them dimension. Hot glue around the cupped edge and secure drumsticks to either side of the turkey body.
  8. Cut thin strips of colored scraps of paper. Crumple strips and hot glue into place strategically around turkey body. This is your “stuffing”.


Thanksgiving Hat: Popcorn Ball Fascinator by Victoria Riza


  • Coffee filters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Headband
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap paper to use as candies in the popcorn ball and yellow paint diluted with water to spray onto the popcorn ball if you want it look more like caramel or butter popcorn (optional)


1. Take coffee filter, pull at the center, and twist.
2. Take twisted coffee filters and hot glue together to form a ball.
3. If you want, you can spray or flick paint onto the coffee filter ball to make it look more like popcorn.
4. Let dry if you do step 3.
5. Take scraps of colored paper that’s used for candy, and glue into the popcorn ball.
6. Wrap the ball in cellophane.
7. Tie off with a bow.
8. Glue onto headband in desired position. Use a piece of poster board to secure ball on the headband.

Thanksgiving Hat: Winter Pinecone Crown by Brittany Jepsen


  • Pinecones
  • Spray paint
  • Cardstock
  • Glue gun


  1. Create a base to fit onto the head with a piece of cardstock. Secure with tape or glue. I made mine 2″ wide
  2. Glue the pinecones onto the paper
  3.  Spray paint white


SO, are you going to adopt the tradition???? Too fun, right?!

Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? Gather your friends to make these fun hats and create a Friendsgiving Table Spread!